Healthy Soil in Richmond’s Concrete Jungle

Just Food: Episode 5

RELEASE DATE: November 2, 2017

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A common and significant challenge for urban agriculture is the health of the farm’s soil. Often, the land has been used for different purposes over the years, possibly contaminating the soil or stripping its nutrients. We follow the journey of UC Berkeley soil scientists and Urban Tilth—a nonprofit based in Richmond, California—as they work together to transform a vacant plot into a working farm.

This episode features:

  • Doria Robinson, Director, Urban Tilth
  • D’Merris Hunter, High School Student and Urban Tilth Apprentice
  • Josh Arnold, PhD Student, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
  • Sarick Matzen, PhD Student, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Update: Urban Tilth leases the plot for $500 a year, not $10 a year.

This podcast was produced by the Berkeley Food Institute in partnership with the UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute at the Graduate School of Journalism. Executive Producer is Lacy Jane Roberts. Reporter is Graelyn Brashear. Host is Laura Klivans. Theme music by Roy Baril. Photos by Diane Villadsen.